Little Man Tate
Adam Hann-Byrd first came to the attention of public playing Jodie Foster's genius child, Fred Tate, in Foster's directorial debut, “Little Man Tate” (1991), in which he netted a Young Artist Award for his performance. He continued to act in several movies throughout the 1990s, including “Jumanji” (1995, as Young Alan), “The Ice Storm” (1997, as Sandi Carver), “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” (1998, as Charles 'Charlie' Deveraux) and “Uninvited” (1999), and in episodes of the TV series “NYPD Blue” and The Outer Limits” before disappearing from the screen. In 2009, he resurfaced as Walker in the short film “Simone.”
Childhood and Family:
Adam Hann-Byrd was born on February 23, 1982, in New York City, New York. His father, Jeff Byrd, is a television cameraman and his mother, Jacquie Hann, is a children's book illustrator and writer.
In 2004, Adam received a degree in Psychology and Film Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He later moved to Los Angeles.
Adam Hann-Byrd was discovered by casting directors at his school, and in 1991 the 9-year-old, who had minor acting exposure by appearing in school plays during first and second grades, made an auspicious feature film debut as a lonesome 7-year-old child prodigy named Fred Tate in “Little Man Tate,” the directorial debut of actress Jodie Foster, who also starred as Fred's mother. His natural performance received kudos, and he was handed Special Award for Most Promising Young Newcomer at the 1993 Young Artist Awards.
Two years later, Hann-Byrd had the title role in the independent film “Digger” (1993), directed by Rob Turner and written by Rodney Gibbons. The cast of the film also included Joshua Jackson, Timothy Bottoms, Olympia Dukakis and Leslie Nielsen. The young actor hit the small screen the next year with a two episodic arc in “NYPD Blue,” where he portrayed Nick Williamson, before again earned notice on the big screen thank to his portrayal of Young Alan, the youthful version of Robin Williams's character, in the big box office fantasy film “Jumanji” (1995), adapted from the well-known 1981 short story of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg.
In 1996, Hann-Byrd appeared along side Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani and Kathy Bates in “Diabolique,” a remake of the French 1950s film “Les Diaboliques” directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. The remake was helmed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, with Clouzot cowriting the script with Don Roos. The same year, he also provided the voice of Young Charles in an indie film directed by Michael Shamberg, “Souvenir.” Hann-Byrd was cast as Sandy Carver, the younger son of Jamey Sheridan and Sigourney Weaver, in Ang Lee's “The Ice Storm” (1997), a drama based on Rick Moody's 1994 novel of the same name. Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 1997 and opened at theaters in the US on September 27, 1997, the movie generally earned plaudits, but was considered a box office flop.
The gifted performer went on to offer a good performance as Charles 'Charlie' Deveraux in the Steve Miner-helmed horror/thriller “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” (1998), opposite Jamie Lee Curtis, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Janet Leigh, Josh Hartnett and Branden Williams, among others. He closed up the decade with appearances in the 1999 indie drama/thriller “Uninvited,” in which he played Young Tony Grasso, and in an episode of “The Outer Limits” called “Stranded.”
Hann-Byrd next put his acting career on the back burner and did not make a return until a decade later in the 2009 short film “Simone,” directed and written by Jenine Mayring. He played Walker.
Young Artist: Special Award, Most Promising Young Newcomer, “Little Man Tate,” 1993